December 5 2018

12:00 LSB 2320

This seminar is sponsored by EEB

Daniel Stokols
Departments of Psychological Science, Urban Planning and Public Policy, UCI

Influence of the Natural Environment on Human Well-being - A Social Ecological View Influence of the Natural Environment on Human Well-being - A Social Ecological View


Social ecology examines the myriad effects of natural, built, sociocultural, and virtual environments on human health, behavior, and sustainability of the biosphere. In this talk, I trace some of the historical foundations and core principles of biological, human and social ecology. I also sketch a multi-scale, ecosystems view of people’s relationships with their environments from local to global levels. Studies highlighting the pervasive impact of natural environments on individuals' health, cognition, and social behavior are described. Because the natural, built, sociocultural, and virtual dimensions of our surroundings are closely interconnected, they exert a combined or synergistic influence on health, behavior, and sustainability outcomes. Evidence for the joint impact of multiple environmental conditions on behavioral, health and sustainability criteria also is presented.

Dan Stokols is Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine and served as founding dean of UCI’s School of Social Ecology. His research spans the fields of social ecology, environmental and ecological psychology, public health, and transdisciplinary team science. He recently published Social Ecology in the Digital Age - Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World (2018) and served as a co-author of the National Academy of Sciences' report on Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science (2015).

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